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European Maritime Day and World Ocean Day celebrated by Wexford County Council, the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) and Local Community

To celebrate European Maritime Day and World Ocean Day, Wexford County Council, The Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA), Tomhaggard Clean Coasts Group and the local community came together to carry out a community clean at the Burrow beach in Kilmore Quay  last Friday (7th June). European Maritime Day and World Ocean Day seek to raise awareness of our seas and their importance and provides opportunities for all to learn about our incredible coastal habitats and take action for ocean health. […]

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Guidance for Consent Holders on the identification of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in the Maritime Area

The detection of Unexploded Ordnance is a maritime safety issue and falls under the remit of the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG). MARA has no responsibility for the management of UXO in the maritime area but must be notified if UXO is identified. If UXO is identified, you must contact An Garda Síochána on 999/112 and you will be connected to the Regional Control Centre where you must report the location and all other relevant details. The designated Superintendent of An

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Draft Offshore Renewable Energy Future Framework Policy Statement (OREFFPS) Submission by the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) in response to consultation

MARA’s submission to the recent public consultation by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications on the Draft Offshore Renewable Energy Future Framework Policy Statement is available at the following link: MARA-submission-to-FFPS-Feb.-2024.

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Help inform MARA’s first Statement of Strategy 2024-2027

Ireland’s relationship with the sea has helped define our nation’s culture and history. Our seas are a critical part of our identify as an Island nation. They are part of what makes us who we are. MARA – the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority, is an important part of that new National Marine Planning Framework. We were established in July 2023 as the state agency which will act as the regulator of the maritime area for the benefit of current and

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Study on activities that may be exempt from requiring a marine licence

MARA is a new State agency with responsibility for licencing certain marine activities including: To understand the impact such activities may have on the marine environment, MARA has initiated a study with the Marine Institute. The output of this study, expected Q1 2024, will inform MARA if changes in the licence regime are warranted.  If so, MARA will engage with the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to prioritise drafting legislative amendments to exempt some ‘low risk’ activities that

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MARA Launch Marks Major Milestone for Offshore Energy Development

The Government has today (13th July 2023) officially launched the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA), marking a significant milestone in the State’s stewardship of the maritime area including plans for renewable offshore energy development. The newly established authority will be responsible for regulating development and activity in Ireland’s maritime area and its role will include assessing applications for Maritime Area Consents (MACs), which are required before developers of offshore wind and other projects in the maritime area can make a

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Board Members

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Laura Brien Laura Brien has over 25 years experience in the area of regulation across a number of industries, in particular the energy sector. Prior to appointment as CEO of MARA, Laura was Chief Executive/Registrar of the Health Insurance Authority. She was previously a Director at the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) (2014-2020), where she held various roles covering responsibility for Energy Markets, Water, and Compliance. She was a member of the Bureau of

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Press Release

Minister O’Brien announces Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) establishment day and new CEO New body to be established in July with Laura Brien as its CEO The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has today (17 May 2023) announced that the Maritime Area Regulatory Authority (MARA) will be established on 17th July, 2023. Making the announcement at the Wind Energy Ireland Offshore Wind 2023 Conference at Dublin Royal Convention Centre, the Minister added that Ms. Laura

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